FATHER Project

Assisting fathers in overcoming barriers to support their children

Founded in 1999, the FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project was originally administered by the City of Minneapolis and became a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in 2004. Since then, the FATHER Project has served hundreds of fathers through an extensive network of community partners.

The FATHER Project's mission is to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Services offered include:


  • Case management: a professional father advocate provides expert consultation on issues facing fathers and support for effective parenting.
  • Parenting support: parenting classes help fathers learn practical skills and receive support from other fathers in similar circumstances.
  • Child support services: Hennepin County child support provides staff to work with FATHER Project; from paternity to payment issues, we help fathers understand and improve their situation.
  • Father and family activities: fun and educational activities provide fathers, children and family members with important opportunities to strengthen relationships.
  • Employment services: we offer comprehensive employment services, including job search support and resume development.
  • GED tutoring: get 1-1 tutoring from experienced, committed volunteers; all testing expenses are covered and bus tokens are available for students who demonstrate a commitment to the program. GED is open Mon-Thurs, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

PROVEN RESULTS

A Return on Investment study by the Wilder foundation showed a long-term financial return of $3.41 for each dollar invested in the FATHER Project. Evaluation outcomes have shown increased parenting skills, educational achievement, job placement and benefits for the children of participating families.


Contact FATHER Project (all genders can apply)
2700 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-724-3539